Dead Winter Dead

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All Music Guide - Geoff Orens
With Dead Winter Dead, Savatage returned to rock opera, a format the band had explored previously on Streets. However, with several lineup changes having taken place since that seminal 1991 album, the sound of Dead Winter Dead is quite different. On this album alone, the group have a new drummer in Jeff Platte and a new guitarist in Al Pitrelli. Chris Caffery, the guitarist who had briefly been in the band earlier, also returned to the group's lineup. Musically, Savatage have built upon the musical ground of Handful of Rain with grand but heavy arrangements of theatrical and complex pieces. Both "This Is the Time 1990" and the closing ballad, "Not What You See," show the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Geoff Orens
With Dead Winter Dead, Savatage returned to rock opera, a format the band had explored previously on Streets. However, with several lineup changes having taken place since that seminal 1991 album, the sound of Dead Winter Dead is quite different. On this album alone, the group have a new drummer in Jeff Platte and a new guitarist in Al Pitrelli. Chris Caffery, the guitarist who had briefly been in the band earlier, also returned to the group's lineup. Musically, Savatage have built upon the musical ground of Handful of Rain with grand but heavy arrangements of theatrical and complex pieces. Both "This Is the Time 1990" and the closing ballad, "Not What You See," show the strong influence of musicals on the songwriters. Take away the heavy guitars and you have something that could appear in many a Broadway show. Built around a story that takes place during the Balkan War of the early 1990s, the music nicely captures the wide range of emotion that the narrative calls for. While Zachery Stevens provides the vocals for the majority of the album, songwriter and former lead singer Jon Oliva returns on the sinister "I Am," and the almost-rap "Doesn't Matter Anyway," which provides some straight-forward metal in between the more progressive pieces. The instrumentals, "Mozart and Madness" and "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24," are surprisingly well-arranged ominous metal versions of classical and traditional Christmas pieces, the latter of which would appear on the first Trans-Siberian Orchestra album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678285028
  • Catalog Number: 82850
  • Sales rank: 10,073

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (1:49)
  2. 2 Sarajevo (2:26)
  3. 3 This Is the Time (1990) (5:39)
  4. 4 I Am (4:32)
  5. 5 Starlight (5:38)
  6. 6 Doesn't Matter Anyway (3:47)
  7. 7 This Isn't What We Meant (4:12)
  8. 8 Mozart and Madness (5:01)
  9. 9 Memory (1:18)
  10. 10 Dead Winter Dead (4:16)
  11. 11 One Child (5:13)
  12. 12 Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) (3:12)
  13. 13 Not What You See (5:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Savatage Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Johnny Lee Middleton Bass
Jon Oliva Keyboards, Vocals
Al Pitrelli Guitar
Mary Wooten Cello
Bob Kinkel Keyboards
Chris Caffery Guitar
Jeff Plate Drums
Zachary Stevens Vocals
Technical Credits
Tim Hatfield Engineer
Brian Bonehead Kinkead Engineer
Paul O'Neill Producer
Jon Oliva Producer
Julio Peña Engineer
Bob Kinkel Engineer
Larry Freemantle Art Direction
Leon Zervos Mastering
Mike Scielzi Engineer
Edgar Jerins Cover Art
Ken Lewis Engineer
Chris Curran Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A definite essential...

    A concept album about the war in Bosnia, 'Dead Winter Dead' (the first Savatage album that I owned) is probably my favorite album of all time. The melody and power of their previous album, 'Handful Of Rain', is taken to a new level in this context. Once again the band moves far beyond the typical metal sound to incorporate strings and other symphonic elements into the music. The story, the lyrics, the poetry, the musicianship, the production, everything in this album is just truly remarkable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frigging Awesome

    This is an excellent example of a very well put together concept album. It has a story about a war in the town of Sarajevo. Each song moves the storyline along. Most of it is rock and some is rather heavy. But some other parts have very good orchestral arrangements and pianos in them. Savatage doesn't disappoint with this awesome release. Highly recommended.

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